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He’ll always remind me of when …

      When I heard that my old friend Mike Busch passed away the day before the General Assembly ended, I thought of my mother, who died when she was 94. She and Mike were close — they used to meet and chat in Graul’s most Sundays — and they could both smell BS a mile away. Mom used to say that Mike and my godfather, former Republican governor Ted McKeldin, were the only two politicians she ever trusted. My mother was a very good judge of character.
a Bay Weekly Conversation with Poets Laureate Grace Cavalieri and Temple Cone
     Does poetry still have something to say to our 21st-century selves?        April is poetry month, so the timing is right to ask that question. Expertise is plentiful and close at hand. Not one but two poets laureate are our neighbors. Newly designated Maryland poet laureate Grace Cavalieri is an Annapolitan. And, for the first time, Annapolis has its own poet laureate, Temple Cone, who teaches at the U.S. Naval Academy. 

See the results at CalvART Gallery and Wimsey Cove

         It’s not a simple thing to convince two works of art to begin a dialogue with one another. But two local events are doing just that.          For Vision of Verses, 15 poets responded to 19 pieces of art created by the CalvART Gallery artists: paintings, ceramic sculpture, stained glass and photography.

Jim Weaver’s pink support wins chic new duds

      What do 13 men in Anne Arundel County have in common?          They all competed in the American Cancer Society’s Real Men Wear Pink campaign last October, which raised funds for women’s breast cancer. Jim Weaver of Weaver Boatworks in Deale raised $16,289 of $30,040 raised overall by the Anne Arundel chapter.          For his success, Weaver was fitted this month with a custom-tailored suit from Tom James.

Inside a dispensary, there’s a dizzying array of medical ­marijuana selections to help you feel better. Here’s how to see for yourself.

     Step inside a Maryland medical cannabis dispensary and you feel like Alice in Wonderland. Eat me, drink me, smoke me, say the amazing controlled substances here, all Maryland-grown and produced to painstaking standards — though their clever packaging and branding does not reveal what will happen when you do. All this in a deli-style setting (yes, that’s what they call it) that more closely resembles a boutique wine bar than a display of products for pain or other afflictions.

In Anne Arundel County, Pittman pushes to get 2020 Census right

      The big 10-year census does not happen automatically.       The census is a hugely complicated enterprise, and the 2020 count promises to be more difficult than ever because of several factors, including lack of funds and the shift to a mainly online count.

Join Alliance for the Bay’s Project Clean Stream

     Saturday’s forecast calls for sunny skies and temperatures in the 60s.       One way to get out and enjoy the warm weather is to join in the annual watershed cleanup.     Volunteers are needed to help Alliance for the Bay’s Project Clean Stream team collect trash.     Project Clean Stream is an annual event for the Bay watershed and communities. The project supports all six states the Bay touches, as well as Washington, D.C., with stream and woodland cleanups.
Historic St. Mary’s City

Larry Taylor gives dead wood a second life

     There’s nothing like the sound of a chainsaw to catch Judy Taylor’s attention.      That’s because following it may lead her to an opportunity that could keep her husband Larry Taylor happily engaged for hours at a time. When he disappears into his woodturner’s equivalent of a man cave, magic happens.

London Town joins UNESCO’s Slave Route roll

       Another historic Chesapeake site joins UNESCO’s roll of Sites of Memory.        On the United Nations’ list, ­Historic London Town and Gardens joins Historic Sotterley Plantation, Annapolis’ City Dock, Baltimore’s Fells Point and dozens of other sites nationally as part of the Slave Route Project. The project commemorates the nearly 12 million African people forced into the Middle Passage of the transatlantic human trade.